Polar Bear & Churchill Adventure

This trip includes an amazing train excursion into Canada's subarctic, followed by once in a lifetime experiences with Churchill's polar bears.

Tour Description

This Churchill adventure allows you to experience the excitement of polar bear viewing from an official Tundra Buggy, as well as enjoy the eclectic charm of this unique Northern town.

The trip includes two full-day Tundra Buggy Safaris on the tundra of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, where polar bears await the freezing of the Hudson Bay. You'll spend plenty of time watching these majestic mammals, and other arctic wildlife, in their natural environment. Your tour operators and guides are passionate about conservation and have a long-lasting relationship with Polar Bears International. You also have a dog-sledding adventure ride and education about the Churchill area.

This tour also allows ample time to discover Churchill’s personality by exploring unique shops, family-run restaurants boasting delicious regional cuisine, and cultural museums that portray the historical importance of the area.

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Features & Inclusions

  • Hotel accommodations for 5 nights
  • Two nights aboard VIA Rail from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • Six days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Two full-day Tundra Buggy excursions
  • Dogsledding adventure
  • Expert adventure guides
  • Access to restricted trails
  • Return flight to Winnipeg

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Winnipeg
Arrive into Winnipeg on your own and check into your hotel. You have a free day to explore Winnipeg before an evening meet and greet with your tour representative. Overnight Winnipeg.

Day 2 - Train from Winnipeg
Explore the area before you board VIA Rail this afternoon to travel more than 1,000 miles north through Manitoba toward Hudson Bay. Overnight train.

Day 3 – From Prairie to Tundra
Continue your journey toward Churchill and enjoy the incredible scenery outside your window. Today you'll have a long stop in Thompson, the "Hub of the North” before continuing your rail journey. Overnight train.

Day 4 - Arrive Churchill
Wake up in the subarctic as Churchill greets you on your morning arrival. Enjoy a tour of this town including a visit to the Churchill Eskimo Museum. Overnight Churchill.

Day 5 – Tundra Buggy Adventure
Today embark on a full-day Tundra Buggy excursion in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. Enjoy this amazing search for polar bears and other arctic wildlife while your expert guide informs you about the area's geology and history. Take in a picnic lunch on the buggy as you watch wildlife in their natural habitat and capture amazing pictures. Wrap up this adventure with a warm dinner back in town. Overnight Churchill.

Day 6 – Dog Sledding Excursion
Take part in an amazing dog sled program that includes incredible dog sledding stories and a mile-long dog sled ride. Then visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre to learn about the historical significance of Churchill. Overnight Churchill.

Day 7 – Final Tundra Buggy Adventure
Gear up for your second full-day Tundra Buggy excursion in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. As your day comes to an end, so does your time in Churchill. This evening you will be transferred back to the Churchill airport for your included flight to Winnipeg. Upon arrival in Winnipeg check into your airport hotel. Overnight Winnipeg.

Day 8 – Day of Departure
Depart Winnipeg at your leisure.

Rail Your Way

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Accommodation Options

The first night in Winnipeg will be at the Inn at the Forks, conveniently located within walking distance to the VIA Rail Station in Downtown Winnipeg. Churchill accommodations include the Tundra Inn, the Polar Inn, the Aurora Inn, and the Iceberg Inn. The Churchill hotels will vary by departure date. Your final night in Winnipeg will be spent at the Four Points by Sheraton, located adjacent to the Winnipeg International Airport.

VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin.

Dates & Prices

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Prices are land-only, per person, based on double occupancy. Prices are correct at the time this web page is published; however, are subject to change. Prices are subject to change and are based on a currency conversion from Canadian Dollars as of July 1, 2019.
Travel to/from Winnipeg is not included.
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